(Stillwater, Okla.) — A convicted drug dealer has been jailed on $25,000 bail pending a Monday court appearance on a charge of possessing methamphetamine in the Cimarron Casino parking lot in Perkins, in a case investigated by Iowa Tribal Police Officer Jason Hickman.
Candi Lee Dickson, 34, of Stillwater, who was released from prison last year after serving time for drug possession in Rogers County, was given a court-appointed attorney this week to represent her on her latest drug charge in Payne County.
The officer wrote in an affidavit that he was sent to the Cimarron Casino in Perkins at 8:45 p.m. on Oct. 20 regarding a possible drug transaction on the property that is held in trust status by the United States for the Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma.
A casino security officer said “surveillance had advised him of a possible transaction that occurred inside the casino and said the female suspect had exited the casino and was seated in the front passenger seat of a white Ford Explorer in the north parking lot,” the affidavit alleged.
Dickson and the male driver of the vehicle, who was subsequently arrested for failure to appear in court on a protective order violation charge, both had their seats reclined when the Iowa tribal officer saw them, the affidavit said.
As the officer was conducting a pat search on the man for weapons, “I observed Dickson sit up and retrieve her purse from the floorboard and begin looking through the bag,” Hickman alleged in his affidavit.
“I told her to remain seated and not to move. She then sat back and appeared to stick her left hand between the seat and center console of the vehicle, then place her hand in her lap,” Hickman alleged in his affidavit.
After the officer determined that both had outstanding arrest warrants, he asked Dickson if she had anything illegal on her or in her purse, which she denied, Hickman wrote in his affidavit.
Dickson gave the officer permission to search her purse, the affidavit alleged.
“Upon opening the purse, I observed a plastic bag containing approximately 100 unused pink one-inch by one-inch ziplock bags and one clear one-inch by one-inch ziplock bag containing a small amount of a clear crystal substance,” that tested positive as methamphetamine, Hickman alleged in his affidavit.
“Upon checking between the seat and center console, I located an orange capped syringe. As I retrieved it, Dickson immediately said it was not hers,” Hickman alleged in his affidavit.
According to Payne County court records, Dickson pleaded guilty to charges of methamphetamine delivery, conspiracy to manufacture the drug, possession of the drug with intent to deliver and possession of drug paraphernalia, all occurring on June 11, 2005.
Dickson also pleaded guilty to possessing methamphetamine with intent to distribute, having the drug without a tax stamp and possessing drug paraphernalia, all occurring on March 3, 2005, in Payne County.
In both of those drug cases, Dickson was initially placed on five years’ probation in 2006 conditioned on her enrolling in and successfully completing the Payne County Drug Court program.
However, less than two years later, her probation was revoked and she was given two concurrent two and one-half year prison terms in those Payne County drug cases, on which she served about one year, state Department of Corrections records show.
A year after she was released from prison, she was charged in Rogers County with drug possession, for which she was given a five-year prison term in 2012. She served about one year and six months, DOC records show.
If convicted of her current Payne County drug charges, Dickson could be incarcerated for as much as 21 years and fined $11,000, court records show.